We also get a look inside the cabin for the first time.
Thanks to previous spy shots we already knew a next-generation Mercedes CLA is coming, but last week Damlier made it official, announcing that the new CLA will arrive in 2019 in the form of a four-door coupe and a shooting brake. Our spies have sent us some new photos of the next CLA being tested, and it’s dropped some camouflage since its last sighting showing off its sloping roofline.
With its curvaceous shape and sleek design lines, the new CLA looks more elegant than its larger A-Class sedan sibling. The profile looks a lot like the new CLS, but the overall proportions look larger than its predecessor to help differentiate it from the new A-Class. Access to the trunk has also improved thanks to a bigger opening.
Our spy photographers also managed to snap some shots of the interior. While most of the cabin is covered up, it’s clear the interior design is being carried over from the A-Class and other recently revealed models, with dual 10.25-inch screens and the new MBUX infotainment system. However, the air outlets and other details have been tweaked to make it look more premium than the entry-level A-Class.
Engine options from the A-Class will also carry over, meaning US customers will get a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that produces 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Mercedes hasn’t said when the new CLA will break cover, but we’re expecting to see it debut at next year’s 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March before it goes on sale the same year.